Q&A Thursday: My son is struggling in school...

Question: My son is struggling in school.  He comes home in the afternoon and often says “I hate school.”   Is there anything I can do to help him?  

 Check out this great article on boys and school with 3 great ideas for helping boys in school.  

What Schools Can Do To Help Boys Succeed

If boys are restive and unfocused, we must look for ways to help them do better. Here are three suggestions...

Being a boy can be a serious liability in today’s classroom. As a group, boys are noisy, rowdy and hard to manage. Many are messy, disorganized and won’t sit still. Young male rambunctiousness, according to a recent study, leads teachers to underestimate their intellectual and academic abilities. “Girl behavior is the gold standard in schools,” says psychologist Michael Thompson. “Boys are treated like defective girls.”  READ MORE

 

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Preparing for Re-entry... Back To The Real World

"The holidays were a huge setback.  All of the ground we had gained was lost.  It was something about the lack of structure that just seemed to make her melt down."

We hear this sentence and many like it a lot from parents in our offices.  The holidays come with lots of fun and very little structure.  They're often pretty chaotic.  And kids, as a result, can be overwhelmed.  We say often that structure and boundaries create security in kids.  We would add, in this season, even over the holidays.  Obviously, it can be fun to stay up late from time to time.  But your children will still need down time in these weeks off of school.  They will need time where they can process and reflect and play, without having to make conversations with family and have the appropriate response and timely smile.  And they will need help transitioning back into school mode. READ MORE

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